Kenny Dorham Day

August 30, 1924 – December 5, 1972



Trumpeter and composer Kenny Dorham was born on August 30, 1924 in Fairfield, Texas.

Dorham is best known for his work in bebop, but his career began with swing. During the ‘40s, he played in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstine, and Mercer Ellington.

From the mid-‘50s to the mid-‘60s, Dorham recorded extensively as a leader, including the influential LP Afro-Cuban.

He performed with the who’s who of bebop, including Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Sonny Rollins.

Dorham was a charter member of the original “Jazz Messengers” and also did sessions with Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. He was the trumpeter who replaced Clifford Brown in the “Max Roach Quintet” after Brown’s tragic death in 1956.

Although he was often acknowledged among bops most gifted and active trumpeters, Dorham like so many great jazz artist never received the recognition in life that he truly deserved.

After spending his final years ill with kidney disease, Kenny Dorham died on December 5, 1972.

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